Nicollet County Redistricting Plan


Key Dates

  • Public Open House will be held April 4, 2022 at the Nicollet County Government Center Board Room from 4:00 pm - 6:00pm
  • Public Hearing and County Board adopts redistricting plan at a Special Board Meeting April 19, 2022 at 9:00am.
  • Send commissioner district maps and resolution to Secretary of State immediately following County Board adoption.
  • May 3, 2022 – Last day to publish new commissioner district lines
  • May 10, 2022 – Last day to appeal redistricting plan
  • May 17, 2022 – May 31, 2022 – Early filing period for federal, state, and county positions

Redistricting Process Overview


  • Is the process of redrawing boundaries of election districts
  • Is done every 10 years in conjunction with completion of the Census
  • Starts at the federal level and works down to precincts (and then to polling places)
  • Ensures people are equally represented: one person, one vote

Who is Involved…

  • Legislature: congressional and legislative districts
  • County Board: commissioner districts
  • City Council: (wards) and precincts
  • Township Board: precincts
  • School Board: school election districts (if utilized)

County Commissioner District Requirements 

County commissioner districts must be drawn to meet statutory requirements. These requirements influence the geography of the area the county commissioner districts cover. These requirements include:

  • Each county is divided into as many districts as there are members of the board of commissioners,
  • Commissioner districts are bounded by precinct lines (which may also correspond with town, municipal, and ward boundaries),
  • Commissioner districts are composed of contiguous territory,
  • Commissioner districts are to be as regular and compact in form as practicable, and
  • District populations cannot vary more than ten percent from the average. (M.S. 375.025, subd. 1)

Nicollet County’s Responsibilities

  • Ensure that no plan will allow gerrymandering
  • Determine number of Commissioner Districts AND ensure that they meet the requirement of the goal population and within the 10% average.
  • Determine which districts will have to run for re-election and vary the terms for 2 year or 4 year.
    • District 2 & 4 up for 4-year election on regular schedule



Nicollet County Population

2010 Nicollet County Population: 32,720

  1. 2020 Nicollet County Population: 34,434
  2. Nicollet County growth rate: 5.24%
    • City of St Peter growth rate: 6.5%
    • City of North Mankato growth rate: 6.85%
    • City of Nicollet growth rate: 2.28%
    • City of Courtland growth rate: 6.55%
    • City of Lafayette growth rate: -0.41%
    • Townships growth rate: 0.16%

Ideal Commissioner District Population

  1. Goal Commissioner District Population: 6,887
  2. Commissioner Districts can be within 10% of goal population

Additional resources and information about the redistricting process can be found on the Minnesota Secretary of State Website